The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George Campus) has grown dynamically over many years now and will focus on becoming a world-class knowledge catalyst for the green economy, and a more sustainable future. We will realise this vision through cutting edge research and engagement, quality teaching & learning as well as competitive innovation and entrepreneurship.
Prof Quinton Johnson Campus Principal
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The NMMU Accounting Career Evening takes place on 2 March 2017 at the Outeniqua High School in George.
About twenty first year students from countries across the globe have again chosen NMMU George Campus to commence their studies in a variety of programmes in the School of Natural Resource Management and Business.
Dr Nico Jooste, Snr Director of NMMU’s Office for International Education (third from left) and the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (third from right, back) took some time to warmly welcome and become better acquainted with the students soon after their arrival on campus. Amongst the students who were totally bowled over by the Campus’ natural beauty include (f.l.t.r.) Bongani Mngoma – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland; Dr Chloe Guerbois – Postdoctoral Fellow – France; Tebello Motaba – 2nd yr BCom Accounting - Lesotho; Alice Mheluka – 1st yr Forestry – Tanzania; Pascal Dembure – 2nd yr MSC Forestry – Zimbabwe; Eleonora Capassj - 1st yr Agri – Italy; Wogira Rogers – 1st yr Forestry – Uganda; Rebecca Ryen – 1st yr Nature Conservation – Italy; Lindokuhle Dlamini – 2nd yr MSC Forestry – Swaziland; Futhi Nxumalo – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland; Vuyile Dlamini – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland; Tematfombeni Magagula – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland and Lomcebo Dlamini – 1st yr Forestry – Swaziland.
NMMU George Forestry students Sabelo Sithole, Kerry Smith and Tatenda Mapeto have represented NMMU with distinction at the 44th symposium of the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA) hosted by the Vienna University of Life Sciences in Austria during August.
During the conference proceedings, Sabelo Sithole was appointed as the Regional Representative for the Southern Africa Region of IFSA (the International Forestry Students Association), a position he will hold for the coming year.
NMMU George PhD student in Forestry, Tatenda Mapeto, who up to now has been an IFSA board member, as well as the Legal Statutes Councillor in the association, will continue to serve IFSA in an advisory position as executive consulting member.
The symposium activities this year highlighted the growing global consensus on the need for the forestry industry to come out of the woods and step up to the notion that forests are more than just timber and fibre factories, especially in this era of global change.
This year’s conference theme, “Global Forests, Regional Perspectives”, also set the scene for the 45th symposium which will be hosted in South Africa in 2017 with the captivating theme “Practising forestry in a diverse environment: Quo vadis?”
This exciting global event will probe the dynamics of practising forestry in a diverse environment from landscapes, to people and even forest product ranges. It will be hosted at the NMMU George Campus from 2 - 17July 2017, with George Campus Forestry students leading the organising team of all South African universities involved.
The pre-symposium activities are planned for 29 June – 1 July 2017.
Deputy Minister Mfeketo kept her audience spellbound with an inspiring lecture on the life of Madiba on International Mandela Day. She is seated with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, who introduced her as speaker after the opening prayer delivered by Bishop Brian Marajh.
On International Mandela Day, 18 July, NMMU was graced with the insights and leadership of ANC stalwart, Ms Nomalndiya Mfeketo, South Africa’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, who inspired students, staff and the public with her very moving lecture titled “Searching for a Mandela in all of us: Celebrating the Life and Times of Madiba”.
Minister Mfeketo, who knew Madiba in person, gave an overview of his earlier years, testimony to his humility and humane nature. Focusing on the outstanding leadership qualities of this internationally respected icon, she emphasised the importance of self-awareness, having a sense of humour and the ability to forgive. “Hating clouds the mind”, she said, while cautioning that one should not allow one’s ego to get in the way of doing what is right. “There is no denying that SA and the world is going through trying times” she said, but emphasised that the “world expects us to be exemplary”. “Being in service of our community is the highest calling”, she said, indicating that Madiba’s positive spirit is a powerful resource to draw from.
This spirit is within all of us, she said, indicating that the ability to build is not something difficult. “We do not appreciate where this icon (Madiba) put us globally”, she said as she encouraged everyone to start at home, around the dinner table, in our churches and schools, to promote the values of unity and co-existence – values which Madiba treasured and lived out.
In answering a suit of questions from the students and the attendees, this formidable woman emphasised that education is key to addressing the challenges of poverty. “Education will allow us to be creators of employment and not to seek employment” she said. She also asserted the need for “selfless conscientiousness” and “responsible active citizenship” to ensure that institutions (including government) fulfil their role as servants of the people, and not put themselves first.
NMMU’s relationship with our communities was stengthened through several engagements, inluding an inspiring and touching prayer service for the #FeesMustFall complexities attended by some staff members at Christ The Redeemer Church in Thembalethu recently.
The service, led by Anglican Reverend Sharon Domingo-Blaauw, was also attended by about sixty members of the community, including school principals and educators who, given the challenging times faced by the university sector, including NMMU, embraced us in a powerful circle of prayer for our staff and students.
Rev Domingo-Blaauw’s scripture-inspired message honoured women especially in our collective universal struggle for social justice.
Rev Lyndon du Plessis (front, centre) and Prof Quinton Johnson, Campus Principal (back, left), pictured with NMMU staff and members of the community at the church in Thembalethu where the inspiring Women’s Day service was presented in partnership with the university.
Chancellor Santie Botha, patron of the 3rd annual Chancellor’s Golf Day held at Fancourt in George this year, lost no time in getting better acquainted with the beneficiaries of the golf day – our academically deserving 2016 “Madibaz Diamonds” who were awarded bursaries this year from the funds raised, amongst others, through last year’s golf day.
Chancellor Botha, who met with the bursars at the CHAN (Cultural, Heritage and Arts Centre) just prior to teeing off at Fancourt, was deeply touched by the strong set of family/community values expressed by the students in response to her question as to whom they emulate as role models. This well-grounded team were in agreement that they admire and appreciate the positive example, leadership, support, tenacity and commitment they experienced from parent(s), older siblings, other family members, lecturers or fellow student leaders.
Half of the revenue from this year’s golf day (R78 000) has been donated to the Vice Chancellor’s fundraising initiative for academically deserving, but financially needy students, with the balance being added to the George Campus Student Development Fund.
Prof Johnson praised them for their hard work that was visible in their excellent academic records and their consistent outcomes which, along with their inspiring motivations, had assisted them in securing the financial support they needed to focus on their studies. He said that he really admired the excellent academic performance of the Madibaz Diamonds and their amazing resilience, which allows them to overcome adversity in life and succeed so magnificently.
Prof. Johnson established the bursary fund two years ago, with support from initiatives such as the NMMU Chancellor, Santie Botha’s George Golf Day, the Campus Principal’s Grand Ball, the World Forestry Indaba hosted at the Campus in 2015 and other fundraising endeavours.
Chancellor Botha met with this group of bursars just prior to participating in her third annual golf day in George during July. She indicated that she was bowled over by this well-grounded group of students, their determination to succeed and the solid set of values which they demonstrated during her engagement with them as young Madibaz
Congratulations to Adjunct Professor Dirk Roux, one of SRU’s stalwart Research Associates, who was again awarded a highly respectable B3 rating by the National Research Foundation for the period 2017-2020.
According to NRF, B-ratings are reserved for “Researchers who enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs”.
NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof. Quinton Johnson, warmly congratulated Prof. Roux on his “Superb international rating, which recognizes the world-class research that he is undertaking as a sustainable futures leader”.
Said Prof. Andrew Leitch, NMMU Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Engagement: “Congratulations! As one of our Adjunct Professors linked to our Sustainability Research Unit on our George campus, your continued association with our University is greatly appreciated. We also appreciate your seniority on the campus, in your supervision of our postgrad students and your support for the vision of the SRU. Thanks also for being such a strong link between SANParks and NMMU. We will do what we can to support you as you further advance your research standing through the NMMU”.
The most recent list of SRU’s peer reviewed publications can be accessed at http://sru.nmmu.ac.za/Publications/ Journal-Papers-and-Book-Chapters
Congratulations to Prof Raymond Auerbach, whose work in the field of organic farming systems and food security (locally and elsewhere on the African continent) has recently landed him a prestigious NMMU “Engagement Excellence Award”, in the individual category.
This is the second year in a row that NMMU acknowledges Prof Auerbach’s outputs. Last year he also received an Engagement Award for his work with local gardeners and planning of an AgriPark. He recently attended a colloquium to report on his work.
Prof Auerbach was also presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the African Union Commission in Nigeria last year - the citation lists his lifelong contribution as a champion of ecological organic agriculture in Africa.
Over the past three months Auerbach, who is an Associate Professor in Soil Science and Plant Production at NMMU’s School of Natural Resource Management at the George Campus, attended and presented papers in his field of expertise at two major conferences in Cape Town, namely the World Public Health and Nutrition Conference with the International Organic Food Group, as well as the “Re-imagining Agriculture” conference organised by the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies.
Follow the link to read Prof Auerbach’s article on organic farming: Raymond Auerbach Organic farming gets a bad rap. Why it shouldn’t.
Industry representatives and scientists in the sphere of organic agriculture and economics from a number of universities across South Africa recently met at the NMMU George campus for discussions about soils and organic agriculture. A visit to the NMMU George Long-term Farming Systems Organic Research Trials located on campus was included in the itinerary for the day, along with an outline of the new ECOSOLA project on Food Security and Climate Change which the research group will be launching in Germany on 1 December.
Mrs Maryna Lehmann, Programme Co-ordinator for Agricultural Management was not present when the photograph was taken. During the visit to the research trials and permaculture centre, Dr van der Waals and Prof Labuschagne took samples from the trial site to compare soil microbial activity between organic and conventional practices.
The newly elected local government leadership, along with the administrative leaders/directors of the various departments of the George Municipality lost no time to get down to business after the municipal elections that were conducted nationally during August.
The Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, was called upon to facilitate the first Lekgotla of the municipality to strategically plan for George as a Sustainable Futures City.
Quality education, viewed as a critical element of progress and building of sustainable communities, is a high priority and a strength for the region.
The Church Leadership symposium hosted at the NMMU George Campus on 22 October 2016 is regarded as another milestone in the process of developing a new strategic growth plan for the Anglican Church of South Africa, with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, as facilitator. A significant focus of the deliberations was the issue of growing the church around young people especially – a very relevant and topical theme in the context of the complexities experienced by young people and the tertiary sector during the past year. In the spirit of support, the clergy members present also utilised the opportunity to pray for NMMU, our staff and students, and the university sector in general.
Executive Members of the Western Cape Forestry Sector Forum (WCFSF) gathered at the NMMU George Campus for a strategic workshop on 22 July chaired by the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson.
The WCFSF represents the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Industry and 36 communities across the Western Cape.
The engagement focused on the development of a strategic plan for the sustainable future utilization of 22 000 hectares of forests for the socio-economic development of local communities.
The delegation, who deliberated on how to advance this vital process, also met with NMMU’s new Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga (front, centre), featured here with Prof Johnson (to his right) and Prof Jos Louw (back). Prof. Louw delivered a presentation on the role of academic institutions in forestry education, training and plantations, as part of the information shared by community, industry and government stakeholders. The strategic plan is set to be finalized before the end of 2016.
If the outcomes of the 2016 Mr and Miss NMMU George pageant are anything to go by, the face of various industries (in the science and business spheres) are set to change forever.
Second year Tourism student, Ms Lithalethu Nqashosho and Mr Athenkosi Siyababalwa (centre), a third year student in the Forestry programme, scooped the coveted Miss and Mr NMMU George titles which will see them fulfilling an ambassadorial role for the campus in the months to come.
They will be assisted in carrying out this responsibility by the worthy runners-up - 2nd Princess, Ms Nonkululeko Shelembe (3rd year Agricultural Management); the first runners-up - Ms lisa Horn (2nd year Nature Conservation) and Mr Delroy Bloem (3rd year Forestry), and Mr Eric Goold the 2nd Prince who is also a 2nd year student in Nature Conservation.
NMMU and Human Rights Foundation focused on “First Nations”
“From language and land to history and heritage in building a democratic South Africa!” This captivating theme forms the basis of a public dialogue to be hosted in Human Rights Month by the Foundation for Human Rights and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University here in the city of George. Read More
Dr Brigalia Bam (the last Chancellor of the erstwhile UPE, prior to the merger which gave rise to NMMU) was the keynote speaker at a prestigious Dr Beyers Naudé Memorial lecture held at the NMMU George Campus in collaboration with NMMU’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy and the Kagiso Trust. Four well-opinionated youth panellists shared their views on the important lessons to be learnt from change-agents and role-models such as the late Dr Beyers Naudé. The group, featured with Dr Bam, included scholar Lauren Muller, and NMMU students , Awonke Kampie, Shalom Khandanisa (facilitator and NMMU alumnus), Nombuyiselo Duma and Rochelle van Rooyen.
Anathi Masebeni, outgoing chairperson of the NMMU George Student Council (left) joined the NMMU George Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (centre) and Mr Sello Hatang, Chief Executive, Nelson Mandela Foundation, and members of the 2015 Student Council - (from left) Iviwe Sawuti, Thandekile Njozela, Fiswa Vilane, Isaac Shai, Khayelihle Ndlovu, Nandipha September and Apiwe Nyanisa for a first engagement at the start of the new Academic Year.
The Madibaz shared their insights on youth issues with Prof Johnson and his guest, Mr Hatang.
Mr Hatang strategically engaged Prof Johnson about the support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation for the NMMU Global Leadership Institute for Sustainable Futures and the work that they will be doing together.
With the start of the 2015 academic year NMMU George Campus will offer a Higher Certificate programme in Information Technology in User Support Services. This one year qualification aims to produce graduates who are productive, competent, able to work independently and who can manage time effectively in entry-level IT technical user support positions that span a wide range of computing environments requiring support personnel. For more information, contact the George Campus at telephone no: 044 801 5111 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student members and guests who attended the Golden Key ceremony at the NMMU Chapter of Golden Key in Port Elizabeth were greatly inspired by the motivational message delivered by the keynote speaker, NMMU’s Prof Quinton Johnson.
Golden Key also utilised the opportunity to acknowledge Prof Johnson, the NMMU George Campus Principal, by awarding him honorary membership, reserved only for those with a proven track record of outstanding achievement and excellence. He was congratulated by a Golden Key representative.
Thumbs up for business in George… Members of the George Business Chamber who attended the monthly networking evening hosted at the George Campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University recently were greeted by the vocal splendour of the vibrant Campus Choir. They also engaged with the student leaders, featured here with Jonathan Stanton-Humphreys (Vice-president of the Chamber) (left), and (centre) Prof Quinton Johnson, the Campus Principal and Dr Willie Cilliers, the Chamber’s president.
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